As part of an overall plan to create a trail system running from St. George to Zion National Park, the Washington County Commission approved a construction contract to move forward with a pedestrian over the Virgin River at Confluence Park.
“I think this is going to be a fantastic pedestrian walkway bridge,” Commissioner Victor Iverson told the St. George News. “It’s a part of our ongoing effort to create a trail that goes all the way from St. George to Zion. This will really provide an important link there that we haven’t had. I’m very excited.”
The trail will link Hurricane and LaVerkin cities. Both municipalities have partnered on the project. Confluence Park is located where Ash Creek, LaVerkin Creek, and the Virgin River converge. The park is managed by Washington County's Red Cliffs Desert Reserve department, which recently mounted several improvement projects for the area, including removing dead trees and planting new ones.
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve also maintains owl boxes in the park that allow different species of owls and other raptors to safely raise their young, escape the elements, or just take a break. See if you can spot these owl boxes and other structures like a Native American cave dwelling, an old hydroelectric plant, and a dairy farm. Learn more about Confluence Park and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve at our website linked below and consider visiting the park!